The Founding Fathers Plan

In the Constitution, the Founding Fathers set out a plan for the ruling of the new nation. That plan included procedures should the leaders be guilty of high crimes or misdemeanors. They could be impeached. Yes, even the Supreme Court Justices were (in theory) subject to this.

Do you recall how it is born out in history? Vice President to Richard Nixon, Sprio Agnew, resigned after bribery allegations were brought against him. Nixon appointed Gerald Ford to become the new Vice President, replacing Agnew.

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Thomas Jefferson and the Barbary Pirates

Most have forgotten that Thomas Jefferson refused to make blackmail payments to the Barbary Pirates for protection in the Mediterranean Sea. Our merchant ships were threatened with destruction or capture. Other nations had complied to their extortion demands. “But not the United States” Tom declared.

He sent his fairly new navy to remedy things. They did. They knocked the Barbary Pirates out of existence essentially. Well, he didn’t go quite far enough. The Barbary Pirates were what we today call extreme Islam. Well, some of us do.

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Founding Fathers Today

I flipped through some notes and here’s what I found:

A Peanuts comic strip.

Charlie Brown, holding a bedroll, and a back pack, is talking to Snoopy who is laying on the top of his doghouse. (Did you notice it’s a red doghouse?) Charlie says to Snoopy:

“Well, old friend, I’m off to camp for two weeks.”

Next frame Charlie continues: “I just wanted to say ‘Good-bye’ before I left . . . I know I’m going to miss you.”

In the next frame Charlie adds: “I suppose you’ll miss me, too. But I guess we . . .

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Freedom and Mothers Day

To All You Mothers Out There:

Have a very Happy and Blessed Mothers Day!

Thank your God for all your many blessings, especially for the freedoms you have.Thank Thomas and Martha Jefferson and our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution and our Bill of Rights.

Freedom of Religion is one of our precious gifts.

Thomas Jefferson’s Mother

In honor of our Founding Fathers and especially their mothers, with Mothers Day coming up this weekend, I chose to tell you about one of them. Thomas Jefferson’s Mother.

Thomas Jefferson was serving in Congress in August of 1775. At their break he was happy to return to his home at Monticello. His happiness soon turned to grief. A month after he arrived home, his second child, one year old Jane Randolph Jefferson, died. Jane had been born April 3, 1774, only 3 ½ months after the Boston Tea Party had taken place.

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Benjamin Franklin and Tranquility

One of the character traits that Benjamin Franklin wanted to pursue to perfection as described in his “Project for Moral Perfection” was Tranquility. He defined it thus: “Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.”

And who hasn’t experienced “accidents common or unavoidable”?

In watching the news channels on TV, I am convinced that this character trait has fallen into disrepair, or at least is being disregarded, along with politeness and consideration. Franklin went on to add this advice:

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Abraham Lincoln’s Son

I’m going to just quote this story. It is too bazaar to leave it alone and not share it with all of you.

“Robert Todd Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln’s eldest son, is the only person to have been at the scene of three presidential assassinations. On April 14, 1865, the day his father was shot, Robert Todd rushed to Ford’s Theatre to be with his fatally injured father. In 1881, he was in the room with President James Garfield the day Garfield was assassinated. And twenty years later, he was to join President William McKinley at the Pam American Exposition, arriving shortly after McKinley was assassinated. There are many a mysterious and bizarre happenstance about Abraham Lincoln’s life and death, and so too with Robert Todd. You see, the son of the president would never have witnessed any of these assassinations had he not narrowly escaped death at a young age. While standing on a crowded platform, he stumble and nearly fell onto the tracks. He was grabbed by the back of the shirt and pulled to safety in the nick of time. The person who saved his life was Edwin Booth—the brother of John Wilkes Booth. Yeah, I got chill bumps, too!” (“Stupid History”, by Leland Gregory, 2014, page 252.)

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George Washington and His Donkey

Here’s something I didn’t know before. In addition to being the Father of our Country, George Washington also gave America the first “Mammoth Jackass.” Yes, the large donkey. In Washington’s time the donkeys were short in height and lacked the stamina Washington needed them to have for work.

He imported donkeys from Spain and France. He received one donkey from the Marquis de Lafayette, which was named the “Knight of Malta.” But this animal was only 4 ½ feet tall. Washington was very disappointed.

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George Washington is Civil

George Washington learned how to exhibit good manners and good character, especially in public. In his youth he was taught penmanship by writing the “110 Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation” as they were dictated by his mentor. So at an early age he was introduced into the etiquette of the times.

Learning these rules helped him immensely in his public life, public appearances, and public entertainment. Some historians have even concluded that George was a little bit “stiff” in social events.

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Benjamin Franklin’s Advice on Drinking

“Life with fools consists in drinking; With the wise man living’s thinking.” Benjamin Franklin.

A word to the wise is sufficient. You may ask: “What is the connection between drinking and thinking?” According to a report from Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, there is an inverse relationship. That is, the more you drink, the less you think.

Most colleges and universities have active abuse prevention programs. These programs are established to help students focus on their education instead of participating in drinking or substance abuse. Learning to avoid alcohol altogether or at least to handle alcohol responsibly can have a big payoff later in life. “Even though a number of people have tried, no one has yet found a way to drink for a living.” –Jean Kerr, playwright.

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